As I was thinking about what to write for this Chairman Column it hit me between the eyes…the year is HALF OVER! Heck, soon it will be time to pick the theme for the 2020 Annual Banquet! It might also be time to take a look back at where we’ve come in the past six…

Let us be your “Voice of Business” As a business owner, we know you’re busy and that you may not have time to monitor every legislative or regulatory change that may affect your business or the way you do businesses. That is why your Chamber membership includes your own team of supporters, ready to advocate…

The City of Grand Junction is seeking public input with regards to how the City should grow and develop over the next 15 to 20 years, as a part of their updating to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The City is hosting a Visioning Workshop on Tuesday, July 16th, 6:00 PM at The Historic Avalon Theatre….

As an organization, we worked hard during the legislative session with lawmakers to try and create a destination sourcing sales tax system that small retailers could actually comply with. The compromise reached is not perfect but does offer some relief. To avoid confusion and the possibility of misinformation about this complex rule that is further…

With the discovery of additional reserves of natural gas in the Piceance Basin in 2016, our area now acknowledged to be the second largest repository of natural gas reserves in the nation. As efforts advance to find new markets and access for the West’s natural energy resources, a strong partnership with Utah’s Office of Energy…

Economic Development Week will be celebrated the week of May 6th-11th throughout the country including here in Grand Junction and Mesa County. Created by the International Economic Development Council, an organization of 5,000 professional practitioners, in 2016 the aim of this week is to draw attention to economic development and those who work diligently to…

The State of the Grand Valley luncheon which sold out in 2018, its inaugural year, is back by popular demand. The event will feature two representatives from the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, City of Fruita and Town of Palisade discussing the opportunities and challenges facing our communities in 2019. Make plans to join…

At our board meeting this month, as we were reviewing the progress made on our business plan in the first quarter of 2019, I was struck as to how diverse our value proposition is to our members. Yes, we talked about our workforce development programming, spent considerable time on our local and state advocacy efforts…

In the data driven world we all live in, numbers matter. Here at the Chamber we often focus on how many members we have, how many companies we have visited, how many legislative bills we’ve taken positions on, how many people attended last month’s Business After Hours. But some things simply can’t be measured. How…

                        With three of the seven seats on the Grand Junction City Council up for election this spring and no incumbents running there is no doubt that the body will look very different after April 2nd. And decisions made by the Council, from planning…

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